Router as switch?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by RoadRanger, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger LI Guru Member

    I've been searching here for a couple hours and can't find info on setup for what I need to do. I have a WRTSL54GS on order to replace my D-Link 624 for three reasons: First our two laptops support Broadcom's "Afterburner" ( = Speedbooster ?) speed enhancement which is incompatable with D-Link's "Super G w/turbo" speed enhancement. Secondly I'd like to replace my flakey Argosy HD363N NAS with no Media uPNP server with a USB harddrive connected to the WRTSL54GS with uPNP Media server. Thirdly, I though I read that you could get the WRT54 router into transparent bridge mode but can't find it mentioned here? I have my cable modem feeding an Azacall VIOP box that does NAT and DHCP so I just need the WAN port on the WRTSL54GS to act as just another switch port so the one output from the VOIP box can be split to four devices plus the AP. It would be OK if the throughput on the WAN port is slower than the other ports as I only have 6Mbps cable anyways. It would be cool if I could still do SPI (and other firewalling ?) in the WRTSL54GS ? And, no, I don't want to put the VOIP box behind the router, nor can it be put in bridge mode...

  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Well a few things, if you are running Vista you are going to hate the SL, at least until it is patched. You should beable to turn the wan into a lan port and there are posts around on how to do that, i believe they are going to be found in the ddwrt section but it can be done. As far as the firewall do not think its going to work as you would be trying to just monitor lan traffic. You could however run the SL in router mode, not have it do any nat and put a couple static routes in place so you network works properly and then you could keep the functionality of the firewall.
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